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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate seperation

I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion for separating substrates long term. I was hoping to plant a sort of island with Amazonia II and place sand around it. HC would probably grow right up to the edge and lightly cover this object with leaves, leaning over the sand a tiny amount.

I do not wish to mix these substrates directly unless I have to. I imagine with a sifter or screen I could separate the two well enough if I find that the only solution. If there is some flexible perimeter material that would work well that will keep safely buried, that would potentially help me pull this off.

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How about some thin plastic like Lexan, it's clear and you can form it to shapes.
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That is a good idea. How would you form it though? I had thought about acrylic; Lexan polycarbonate would work too... but I need to bend it and lack a strip heater. A 2-3" piece would ideally keep them separated with a low profile if any at all.

Any suggestions for bending such a thing?


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I usually use a heat gun that's used for stripping paint but have used a hair dryer in a pinch, it just takes longer to heat the plastic. If you use a heat gun careful not to get the plastic too hot.
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